CYFS Coalition Knowledge Portal

Child Youth and Family Profile 

Child Youth and Family Profile – Infographic

Child Youth and Family Profile – Presentation

 Child Youth and Family Profile – Report

Networks and Coalition Task Groups

Networks and Coalition Task Groups are listed in alphabetical order below.  Please click here for the list of 2018/2019 Table/Network co-chairs.

Aboriginal Capacity Building Circle (ACBC):

It is envisioned the Aboriginal Capacity Building Circle will actively and effectively build capacity and relationships in agencies, organizations and systems.

Co Chairs:

Brenda Jackson [email protected]

Gertie Beaucage [email protected]

Project Goal:

The overall goal of the Aboriginal Capacity Building Circle is to bring the mainstream and Aboriginal systems together to develop strategies for system improvements.

2009 / 2010 ACBC Goals

  1. Identify and establish the conditions for cultural competency and safety within agencies and organizations.
  2. Promote on-going cooperation and resource development to meet Original Peoples needs.
  3. Develop protocols for consultation and issues as they affect Original Peoples and communities.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

The Simcoe County Autism Spectrum Disorder Partnership operates through the collaborative efforts of community programs and individuals affected by ASD so that common themes, gaps and challenges with respect to ASD can be improved and supported.

Co Chairs:

Stefanie Smith [email protected]

Jamie Read [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Simcoe ASD Terms of Reference


Next Steps

Future Steps

Best Start

Best Start Initiative is a province-wide expansion of services and supports for children under 6 and their families.


Lora D’Ambrosio [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Best Start Network- 2017 Terms of Reference_



Best Start Org Chart – July 2018

Map: 0-6 Community Services Interactive Map (Best Start)

Children’s Treatment Network:


Karen Dillon [email protected]

Vision, Mission, Strategic Directions:



COMPASS (Community Partners with Schools) is a network of Community school Teams across Simcoe County that link schools (elementary and secondary) with local providers of community supports and services including: child and youth mental health, parenting supports, child protection, health, youth justice, community recreation and more.

Co Chairs:

Aleta Armstrong [email protected]

Pat Carney [email protected]


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COMPASS Francophone:


Sylvia Bernard [email protected]


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Crisis Steering Committee:  

Co Chairs:

Stephen Hendriks [email protected]

Bob Fehir [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Crisis Response Steering Committee TOR’s Final

Dual Diagnosis (DD):

To enable the development of a continuum of integrated services for children and youth with Dual Diagnosis by identifying and acting on opportunities for collaboration across sectors.  Meetings occur annually.

Co Chairs:

Gisele Forrest [email protected]

Eric Sutton [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

DDTerms of ReferenceJune29_2017



Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD):

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that covers the range of physical and brain characteristics associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol. This exposure affects the brain which affects behaviour.

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Initiative of Simcoe County is a collaboration of community service agencies focused on ensuring a comprehensive and coordinated approach for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Simcoe County.

Recent research shows that FASD has an estimated prevalence rate of 4% of our population (May et. al., 2014). In the 2016 census, the population of Simcoe County was 479,650 people.  We can therefore, estimate that a possible 19,186 people live with FASD in Simcoe County.  FASD has been linked with over 400 co-morbidities (Popova et. al., 2016) including learning, mental health and multiple physical ailments.  According to the Government of Canada Public Health, FASD “is the leading cause of developmental disabilities among Canadian Children”.  Early diagnosis and intervention is recommended for supporting and creating positive outcomes for individuals living with FASD.  The costs associated with FASD in Canada in 2013 totalled approximately $1.8 Billion (Popova et. al., 2015).


FASD Project Coordinator:

Kathryn Reid         [email protected]

Advisory Co-chairs:

Vicky Merrilees       [email protected]

Lori Webel-Edgar   [email protected]

Prevention Chair:

Henrietta Carriere   [email protected]

Leads Chair:

To be determined

Terms of Reference:


Leads TOR revised May 2017

FASD Prevention ToR 2017

Local Immigration Partnership

The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is a community partnership focused on the development of settlement strategies for newcomers.  While the LIP does not have a reporting relationship to the Coalition, the County of Simcoe is a CYFS Coalition member agency.  The LIP is a member of the Coalition’s Integrated Planning Table.


Sandra Lee [email protected]


Poverty Reduction Task Group:

PRTG Guiding Principle: Compassionate Community

The PRTG believe that every child and youth deserve the right to live within a safe, healthy and compassionate community. To achieve this goal all community members must have their own basic needs met and be able to fully participate in the life of their community. If members of a community do not have their basic needs met, they are unable to support themselves and the potential of child, youth and all others within that community. A compassionate community is one in which all members care about one another.

Co Chair:

Rosslyn Junke  [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Terms of Reference PRTG_2017Final


PRTG Workplan 2018-2021


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Simcoe County Youth Justice Advisory Group (SCYJAG):

The Simcoe Youth Justice Advisory Group acts as a community county-based collaborative advisory group that engages organizations with preventative supports to meet the needs of children, youth and families who come into contact or may come in contact with the youth justice system.

Co Chairs:

Rhonda Leduc [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Terms of Service


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Transition Age Youth System of Services (TAYSoS):

The Transition Age Youth (TAY) System of Supports (SoS) Partnership is dedicated to creating a comprehensive integrated system of supports that assists youth, 14 to 29 years old, and their families through the transition to adulthood. Launched in May 2014, the TAY SoS Partnership supports activities that promote the development of services specific for transition age youth across Simcoe County and Muskoka District. This includes the implementation of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model, as well as initiatives focused on Youth Engagement and Health Equity.


Ruth Cameron [email protected]

Carolyn Walsh [email protected]

Terms of Reference:



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Triple P:

Triple P is the flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation. It’s backed by decades of research. And it’s already helped more than 4 million children and their parents.

Co Chairs:

Gwen Bennett [email protected]

Bijumon Peter  [email protected]

Terms of Reference:

Triple P Simcoe Terms of Reference